Disturbing the Beast: The Best of Women’s Weird Fiction 

Disturbing the Beast is a collection of weird fiction stories by some of the best women writers in the UK. These fictional tales explore lesser talked about female centred topics including

sexual abuse, pregnancy issues and body image. We’re keen to unearth these subjects in a healthy and respectful way, something that we feel is not often considered in mainstream contemporary literature.

We want you to join us! We’re looking for short stories from women of all ages in the UK. Your stories should be in the genre of weird, literary and relationship fiction. We encourage submissions on lesser talked about female centred topics such as sexual abuse, pregnancy issues and body image. Your work should be fiction, and not so on-the-nose of the issue. In fact, we encourage you to chose an issue to explore, and then side-step it a few times until the fiction is stronger than the theme.

We love:

•Strong female-led stories

•Stories that are filled with carefully considered, breath-taking prose

•Stories that contain depth and reflection


•Only one entry per persons

•Stories should be 500 – 5000 words

•Submitted in a Word doc with Ariel or Times New Roman, 12pt minimum, double spaced, page numbered


•Email your submission to with the subject line SUBMISSION FOR DISTURBING THE BEAST, a 50-word biography and the title of your piece.



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